JRA Plate nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 JRA Plate. The JRA Plate will be run on Saturday 16th April at Royal Randwick racecourse.

HorseSexAgeTrainer
1AOMEN (IRE)G8Anthony Cummings
2BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE)G6Chris Waller
3BOLD SNIPER (GB)G6David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
4CASINO DANCERM5Mike Van Gestel
5DISCLAIMER (GB)G6Peter & Paul Snowden
6FAUST (NZ)G6Kurt Goldman
7GHOST PROTOCOL (IRE)G7Paul Perry
8GUARDINI (FR)H5Lee & Anthony Freedman
9HAVANA COOLER (IRE)G6John O’Shea
10HAWKSPURG6Chris Waller
11HIGH OPINIONG4Chris Heywood
12HIPPOPUS (NZ)G6Gai Waterhouse
13INDEX LINKED (GB)G8Chris Waller
14IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)G5John O’Shea
15MAGICOOLG4Chris Waller
16MASTER OF ARTS (NZ)H4Darren Weir
17MAURUS (GB)G5David Vandyke
18MESSENEG7Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
19MORIARTY (IRE)G8Chris Waller
20NISSILEG7Paul Grant
21REIGNINGG7James Cummings
22RUDYG5Helen Page
23SADLER’S LAKEG4Chris Waller
24SECATEUR (GB)G4Danny Williams
25SENSE OF OCCASIONG5Tony McEvoy
26SLIGHTLY SWEETM4Jason Coyle
27TERRUBI (IRE)H6Kris Lees
28THUNDER LADY (NZ)M4John Sargent
29TREMEC (NZ)G7John P Thompson
30WEARY (FR)G6Chris Waller

News:

Trainer James Cummings has used the wisdom of his legendary grandfather to prepare Prized Icon to win the Listed Fernhill Handicap.

The late Bart Cummings saddled up the 2010 Fernhill winner and James repeated the training feat with Prized Icon at Randwick on Saturday.

“My grandfather showed me how to win one a few years ago with Kudakulari,” Cummings said.

Prized Icon sat outside leader Lasqueti Spirit before jockey Hugh Bowman called on him in the straight.

Sent out favourite at $2.80, Prized Icon responded for a two-length win from Crown Him ($4.20), with Lasqueti Spirit ($41) a head away third.

As for Prized Icon’s next assignment, Cummings chose to keep his cards close to his chest.

“He’s fifth-up today, I’ve trained him to a peak,” Cummings said.

“I’ll be pretty reserved with my judgment about whether we back up but I’ve got a race in mind next season.”

He said Prized Icon’s victory was a satisfying example of what the stable could do with a two-year-old.

“We only nominate about a dozen horses for the (Golden) Slipper and this is one of the few yearlings that we identified was going to be a really good two-year-old,” Cummings said.

“It’s great to kick a goal like that against some of the best two-year-old trainers in the country.”

The Randwick track condition, rated in the soft range, remained a talking point after the race.

Bowman said the track was “certainly rain-affected”.

After riding Bring Me The Bling, Tommy Berry also said the surface was softer than he would have liked.

“It walked better than it raced,” Berry said.

Jason Collett, who rode the runner-up, said the track felt sticky, similar to last Saturday.

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